Audi is bringing a new plug-in hybrid version of the A3 hatchback to this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid. The show is still a few weeks away, but Audi has released the first official photos and specs for the plug-in hybrid, which packs 204 horsepower and has a range of up to 31 miles in full electric mode.
The new A3 e-tron is powered by a modified 1.4 TFSI engine that is mated to an electric motor for a total output of 204 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. The electric motor is integrated into a six-speed e-S tronic transmission that sends the power to the front wheels. The Audi A3 e-tron can be driven with just the combustion engine, just the electric drive, or in hybrid mode. The driver can choose to have both powerplants active at the same time (“boosting”). When the driver lets up on the accelerator, they both deactivate temporarily (“gliding”). In this way motor braking torque is eliminated and efficiency increases.
The Audi A3 e-tron can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds, and in electric mode it has a top speed of 80 mph and a maximum range of 31 miles. According to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid automobiles, the five-door model consumes on average just 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km on the European cycle (156.81 US mpg).